He’s one of the best-known faces in Britball, having been a huge part of the Birmingham Lions’ journey to the top of the British game, but yesterday Head Coach Wayne Hill announced his departure from the Lions:
After 19 years on the sidelines for the University of Birmingham Lions, which has seen the programme grow tremendously during this time, due to the commitment and dedication of every coach, admin support, medical team member and player that has worked within the programme, I am now stepping away from coaching the programme.
This is with an extremely heavy heart, as for 19 years the Birmingham Lions have been my life. However, this is with a heart that is filled with pride of what we have achieved and most importantly the impact our programme has had on so many young people throughout that time. This impact has not only been one way but every person that has graced the programme has impacted on my life and I am truly grateful, enriched and honoured for this. This is why I will always consider myself a Lion and why everyone I will always class as one of my own, one of ‘My Guys’.
The philosophy and core values we established 19 years ago is still evident today, in all of our programmes and I know that this is the right time for me to step away from coaching. As this ethos will continue to be developed and enhanced by every Lion in their journey moving forward…
In response to the announcement, there have been numerous tributes to Coach Hill’s tenure from across the community:
“Incredible impact over so many years. The number of lives which are better as a result of this tenure is unimaginable. We all owe Wayne many fantastic friendships and memories! 🦁❤”
“Like so many men who have gone through the lions programme, words cannot describe the impact this programme has had on my life and this man has been the reason the programme has touched so many people and given us so much.
Thank you so much Wayne Hill. “
“You meet very few people in your life who truly change you. But I can honestly say that I am a better human because of Wayne Hill.
I’ve never met anyone with as much Passion, Commitment & Loyalty.
If it wasn’t for the infectious cult of Work Ethic, Effort & Enthusiasm that surrounded the Lions programme when I got to Birmingham Uni, then I would never have met my beautiful & amazing wife.”
At this time DC’s understanding is that Birmingham Lions longtime player and coach, Greg Freeman, will assume the role as HC of the Lions.